On the Banks of Plum Creek

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Zondervan, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 358 pages
6 Reviews
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and her sister Mary go to school, help with the chores, and fish in the creek. At night everyone listens to the merry music of Pa's fiddle. Misfortunes come in the form of a grasshopper plague and a terrible blizzard, but the pioneer family works hard together to overcome these troubles. And so continues Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier past and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.
  

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Review: On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House #4)

User Review  - Crizzle - Goodreads

A welcome relief after the drudgery of "Farmer Boy". The girls and I raced through this one in comparison! They both were excited to read it daily, and we'd often do several chapters at a time. At the ... Read full review

Review: On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House #4)

User Review  - Leila Kheiry - Goodreads

I remember simply accepting the grasshopper plague story in this book when I read it as a kid. This time, I wanted to know why you never hear about those grasshopper storms nowadays. Turns out, it's ... Read full review

Contents

the door in the ground
1
the house in the ground
9
rushes and flags
19
strange animal
30
wreath of roses
39
ox on the roof
47
strawstack
54
grasshopper weather
64
the christmas horses
85
a merry christmas
95
spring freshet
103
the wonderfulhouse
113
moving in
124
the old crab and
131
the fishtrap
140
school
147

cattle in the hay
71
runaway
78
nellie oleson
161
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Wilder was born near Pepin, Wisconsin; attended school in DeSmet, South Dakota; and became a teacher before she was 16, teaching for seven years in Dakota Territory schools. She and her husband, Almanzo Wilder, farmed near DeSmet for about nine years and then moved to Mansfield, Missouri, where they lived out the rest of their days. Wilder did not write her first book, Little House in the Big Woods, about her early years in Wisconsin, until late in life, on the urging of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. It was first published in 1932. She followed this with Farmer Boy (1933), a book about her husband's childhood in New York State. She then completed a series of books about her life as she and her family moved westward along the frontier. Little House on the Prairie (1935) records the family's move to Kansas. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937) describes the family's move to Minnesota. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939) records the family's move to South Dakota, as do the final three books in the series: The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie (1941), and These Happy Golden Years (1943), which ends with her marriage to Almanzo Wilder. Three of Wilder's books were published posthumously: On the Way Home, a diary of her trip to Mansfield; The First Four Years, an unfinished book about her first four years of marriage; and West from Home, letters she wrote on a visit to her daughter in San Francisco, none of them up to the quality of her earlier books. At her best, Wilder employs a clear, simple style, a wealth of fascinating detail, and a straightforward narrative style. Her tales of a strong, traditional frontier family that endures the hardships of the late eighteenth century are seen through the eyes of a child, which endears them to young readers. Her work is possibly the best example of historical realistic fiction for children.

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